Hannah Newman, Central High School














When did you start swimming? How did you get started? What teams or clubs have you
swum with?

I started taking swim lessons when I was three years old with Bruce Miller Aquatics. After my sister, Emma, joined Aquachiefs I joined the Sholem swim team the following summer. After that summer I joined Aquachiefs and swam with them until Storm and Aquachiefs merged and became Heat. I also swam for my high school, Champaign Central.

What are your college plans? Will you swim? What will you major in?
I am attending Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. I am swimming on the team. I am majoring in Exercise Science and am planning on attending either Physical Therapy or Pharmacy School after I graduate.

What have you learned from swimming?
I have learned to never give up when it gets hard. This has taught me to work hard and push through the pain because it will only make me better. I feel that nothing is impossible, you just have to work on it and eventually you will get it.

What is your favorite swimming memory?
My favorite swimming memory is actually my junior year high school season. It was my last year swimming with my sister. I broke several school records and placed very high at the IHSA state swim meet. My sister and I had the most fun this year because we just wanted to work hard and have fun the last year we were swimming together. I broke the Central school records in the 200 free, 100 fly, and was a part of the 400 free relay. It was great knowing how high I ranked in swimming.

What is your favorite event? Least favorite?
My favorite event is the 200 free. While I did not start swimming this until high school, it is awesome to see how far I’ve come in that event. My least favorite event is the 100 breaststroke. I would say the 200 breaststroke, but I have never swum it in a meet.

What is your favorite movie? Favorite food? Favorite place?
My favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama, I probably know every line in that movie. My favorite food is definitely my mom’s homemade mac’n’cheese. My favorite place is either the beach in Costa Rica or Disney World.

What 3 people would you invite to dinner?
I would invite my Uncle Jimmy, Bruce Miller, and Nathan Adrian.

Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising or interesting.
I am a really big television watcher. I watch a lot of reality television shows, which is probably not the best thing. My favorite TV show is actually Pretty Little Liars. Every night this is on and when Milee Nelson, Gabi Rajic, and I are all in town we get together and watch the show. We also make snacks for the night, which usually includes puppy chow.